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The Shipping News
The Shipping News
by E. Annie Proulx
Edition: Paperback

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb novel, 22 May 2002
This review is from: The Shipping News (Paperback)
I don't think there's one false note in this novel.In turns it's an account of one man's mid life crisis, a vivid travelogue of Newfoundland, a love story, a meditation on loss and decay and ultimately renewal, a fascinating introduction to seamanship and boating terms. The list goes on. Everything feels totally authentic, the characters are made vivid without masses of description.The central character enlists your sympathies even though he is enigmatic, almost transparant. Only a very fine novelist could have pulled this off and this is a masterpiece. It's interesting to hear the debate about allowing American fiction to enter the Booker prize. On the evidence of novels like this, they will blow the usual shortlists out of the water.


The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion
The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion
by Brendan O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping account of global power politics, 18 May 2002
I remember the Turkish paratroops invading and know a bit about Cyprus, and visitied. If you're like me, you'll find this book a gripping read. The events leading up to the 1974 invasion are told with absolute clarity and brevity.The revelations are fascinating and plausible. Perhaps the book leans towards the Turkish position but it accounts for all sides of the story.It does not over-speculate but keeps to the facts, many relating to the invasion are newly uncovered. Still very relevant and a fascinating insight into global politices


On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel
On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel
by Tony Cohan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Art House, 18 May 2002
Reading Mr Cohen's expanded diary of his years in Mexico reveals many pleasures. He has a visual artist's attention to colour and detail, and the core section about the purchase and restoration of the house is the most coherant and interesting.
You become immersed in the Mexican way of life by literally following Mr Cohen in his footsteps.Even the most mundane daily chores become interesting. He has pitched this the level of detail just about right. I'm not sure that the Cohen's are genuinely interested in the locals rather than patronising or just downright impatient, and their arty/business view of the world will not appeal to everyone. Rarified.


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